Mathilde Fernandez & Cécile di Giovanni

From 28/11/2019 to 19/12/2019

As part of La Manutention - Performers in Résidency

When confronted by a world in crisis, in which suspicions of its collapse are spreading in an endless digital flow, the duo formed by Mathilde Fernandez & Cécile di Giovanni questions what being together means today.  For their residency at the Palais de Tokyo, they are experimenting with the capacity of bodies to come together around contemporary rituals: those that reveal and accompany the vanishing of a society, the arrival of a new one and the transitional, uncomfortable state that occurs between the two.
The duo takes us on a series of original rites so as to expiate, purify and soothe the powerful emotions that grasp our minds, projecting them into a future in suspense.
Thursday 28 November at 7pm
“Ensemble, enfants perdus” (“Together, Lost Children”)
The first evening opens with the question of youth… games, choirs, yells and other musical experiments mingle in an immersive installation. Between behavioural upsets and vocal (dis)harmony, childhood is being reinvented in an identity which is at once hybrid, disturbing and utterly powerful.
With Natàlia Assis, Victor Campillo, Samuel Cordat, Jerôme Grivel, Groupe Vengeance (Julie Meilleur – Joy Charpentier – Audrey Jésus – Sophia el Mokhtar), Claudia Maté, Kerya In and la chorale Beaugrenelle.
Thursday 12 December at 7.30pm [CANCELLED]
“Ensemble, survivre maintenant” (“Together, Survive Now”)
It is now survival time, while bodies are being confronted with a “safe zone” of a new sort… survival, anti-pollution training and safety norms are evoked by the artists to reinvest them with gestures and voices, while also injecting a dose of the unexpected and spontaneity.
Thursday 19 December at 7pm
“Ensemble, survivre maintenant” (“Together, Survive Now”)
As a celebration, a final evening devoted to fire will deal with hope and renewal. From the bonfires on Saint John’s Eve to the renaissance of the phoenix, without forgetting fires of joy, this vital element in rites of passage from one age to another, and also gatherings, means being able to break free from the past and raise a torch towards the future, no matter how uncertain it might be.
With :Jardin, Myrtille Hetzel, Josep Maynou, Martin Campillo, Nicolas Dau, Paris Cheerleaders, Natália de Assis, Givaudan
With the support of: C2NRBC (La cellule nationale nucléaire radiologique biologique chimique), unité spécialisée de la Gendarmerie Nationale, Givaudan, Les Joyeux Recycleurs, Marine Serre
Curatorship: Vittoria Matarrese
Projects managers: Alice Giudicenti et Licia Demuro
Technical manager: Gilles Seclin


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